The move comes just a day after the Catalan parliament has recognized its dissolution as part of Madrid’s measures to impose direct rule over the region after its unilateral declaration of independence dubbed illegal by the Spanish leadership.
The Spanish Constitutional Court has announced its ruling canceling Catalonia’a declaration of independence, according to the court’s spokesperson.
A source from the court told Sputnik that the Supreme Court of Spain has registered a lawsuit against Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and several other senior lawmakers “for further legal proceedings.”
The lawsuits against Catalan government members were filed with the Audiencia Nacional rather than the Supreme Court because the members of the Generalitat had been stripped of their powers by Madrid.
The ruling comes just few days after the Catalan parliament in a secret ballot voted in favor of a motion to declare the region’s independence from Spain in a move prompting Madrid to immediately respond by invoking Article 155 of the Constitution, imposing direct rule over the region. The measures also included the sacking of the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and the dismissal of the region’s parliament, with local elections scheduled to take place in December.
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While Puigdemon, who later left Catalonia for Brussels, has refused to recognize Madrid’s decision and called for peaceful resistance, the Catalan parliament decided to recognize its dissolution on Monday.
Puigdemon on Dialogue With Madrid
Commenting on his possible return to Catalonia, Puigdemon, who faces rebellion charges, has said that he would return when given “guarantees” and emphasized that he didn’t ask asylum in Belgium contrary to media claims. “I’m not here to demand political asylum,” he told reporters.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, ex-Catalan leader, Puigdemon has said that holding dialogue with Madrid in current conditions is impossible.
Nevertheless, he vowed to respect the result of the local elections set for December. “The election of 21st of December is a challenge and we are taking this challenge with all of our strength. We will respect the results of the elections … like we have done always, irrespective of the results. I would like to ask the Spanish government a question, will it do the same?”
According to the sacked leader, Catalonia’s independence drive must “slow down.”
Catalonia’s former leadership faces rebellion, sedition charges and embezzlement over the decision to hold the independence referendum. Under the Spanish law, rebellion is a crime punishable by up to 30 years in jail.